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Yep, these are the real deal
on June 24, 2014
I ordered two sets with full intention of replacing the dealbreaking default thumbsticks on the DualShock 4. The last straw for me was trying to play Entwined on PS4 (which requires both analog sticks held all the way at the edge of the rim) and having to fight to keep my thumbs from slipping off the stock sticks (Resogun was a chore too). I've also witnessed holes wear right through the soft rubber on the DS4s of friends who play Call of Duty around the clock. Clearly something had to be done.
I ordered these on 6/14 from e-Mods and received them on 6/23. A visual comparison with my existing XB1 controller sticks showed these to be identical, and they installed right into my DS4 without issue. True to the word of other reviewers, blogs and determined masterminds on reddit, these really do slot right into the analog mechanisms with no modifications whatsoever. The diameter of the plastic rim on the bottom is slightly less (about 1mm) which leaves an ever-so-slight view of the edge when the analog stick is pulled all the way to one side, but hardly a dealbreaker. The XB1 sticks are about 1mm taller in total than their DS4 counterparts, and the surface about 2mm less, which in my experience offers more precision in movement (particularly in FPSes when scoping) and keeps your thumb from slipping around. I'm looking much more forward to Destiny with these installed.
A word of caution: If you're not technically inclined and patient, it's very possible to damage your DS4 internals while swapping these out. It requires the removal of five PH00-sized Phillips screws (4 external and 1 on the circuit board inside), two ribbon connectors, a battery pack connector and *VERY CAREFULLY* negotiation of the plastic housing around the L2/R2 triggers, which can ruin your day if you aren't careful.
February 25, 2015 Update: Two troubleshooting tips!
#1 You feel grinding on your analog movement -- This happened to me. I realized these sticks sit a little lower on the stem of the analog actuator, which causes the underside to lightly hit the four corners (most noticeable at diagonal positions, cardinals are fine). I solved this personally by slicing up some 1mm thick foam padding that I normally use to hang wall posters with an x-acto knife to the size of the stem and sticking it to the top before putting the stick in place. This props up the thumbstick just high enough that it doesn't rub the underside, but not so high that it scrapes the top of the controller casing. Alternatively, you can file away some of the underside of these sticks if you have the tools and it works just as well, possibly better.
#2 Your trackpad isn't working after reassembly -- You tried to pull it apart before disconnecting the top ribbon cable. The other side of that trackpad ribbon isn't soldered in, it runs to another connector underneath that plastic plate on the back of the trackpad, and yanking on it dislodged the connector. There's a plastic plate over the top of this connector that's glued in place. You can (carefully!) pry it off, reconnect the other end of the ribbon, put it back in position, and everything will work just fine afterword.
I've put well over 500 hours on this controller since doing the thumbstick swap on the original date of this review and been extremely happy with it. It serves extremely well in Destiny as expected, and feels impeccable when doing Velocity 2X runs. That's no mean feat.